Waterloo Region is a vital and prosperous area in southern Ontario, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Toronto. The region is made up of three urban municipalities – Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo – and four rural townships – North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.
With a combined population of more than 553,000, Waterloo Region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Ontario and is expected to reach a total population of 729,000 by 2031. Waterloo Region residents enjoy excellent educational institutions, health services and cultural and recreational facilities. The Region of Waterloo International Airport affords convenient access to domestic and international destinations; Toronto's Pearson International Airport is located only 45 minutes away. Waterloo Region is distinguished by exceptional access to quality post-secondary educational institutions and world-class skills and talent. The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning host over 50,000 post-secondary students annually, including 10,000 graduate and 11,000 cooperative education students. Wilfrid Laurier University has one of the largest business schools in Canada, and is renowned for its science and music faculties. The University of Waterloo is home to the largest cooperative education program in the world, and is consistently ranked first in its role as the nation's most innovative university. Our balance of urban and rural landscapes and lifestyles, skilled labour force, proximity to major North American markets and transportation networks, as well as diverse ethnic makeup, contribute to the continued success of this area.